Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Whole Brain Teaching: Class! Yes!

Class Yes WBT Strategies

I want to share with you a few tips that changed the way I taught. It's called Whole Brain Teaching or WBT. The summer after I had my first baby I was busy changing diapers, feeding, and playing with my 3 month old. My teaching partner was busy on Pinterest searching for good ideas for us to try next year. She stumbled upon something called Whole Brain Teaching and we never looked back.

Now let me start off by saying that I don't claim to be an expert. I don't claim to know everything about it. I have tried it and want to share what has worked for me.

What's nice about WBT is that you can start small or go all out. You can take what works for you and implement. I plan to do a series of blog posts about some of the WBT strategies I tried in my room. WBT is a classroom management/teaching technique that gets students involved and using as many parts of their brain as possible.  It's about getting students engaged, talking, gesturing, teaching and mirroring. Plus, it's a LOT of fun! You can find out more about it by going here: Whole Brain Teaching

Teach Me and I Remember

The first thing I tried in my room is an attention getter called "Class! Yes!". This was a fun way to get kids paying attention without having to say "Alright let's come back together! Everybody eyes on me!".  All you do is say "Class!" and they reply "Yes!". Easy enough, but also not revolutionary. The fun part comes with how you call out "Class!". If I whispered it to them, they must whisper back "Yes!", if I say "Classy, classy, classy!" in a high-pitched voice, they must respond in a high-pictched voice saying "Yessy, yessy, yessy!". My favorite was "Classity class class!" and they would respond "Yessity yes yes!". Each time you call for their attention you change it up so they don't get bored. It makes them smile and it focuses your students neo-cortices on what you are going to say next.

Here is a great video (about 4 minutes) that the Director of WBT put together on class-yes.

This technique works! If you are in the hall and don't want to be silly then whisper it (even if they are already quiet, it cues them that you are going to give them instructions or talk to them further). If you are on the playground you can shout it like a monster. You don't have to be over the top silly or crazy. Tailor it to fit your personality.

I've made a set of free posters for the cues/callbacks of WBT. I plan to go through each one and explain it. If you would like these posters you can download them here or by clicking on the picture below!

Try and it and tell me how it goes. I know you'll love it!


  1. I love these cues and callbacks. I used them for the first time this year and they WORK! Thanks for sharing the posters!

  2. I love them too! I'm glad they worked for you too!

  3. I LOVE WBT and I'm so excited to use these posters in my classroom next year. Thanks Cassie!!!!!!!

  4. You are welcome! I' glad you like them!

  5. Great post! This is just what I was looking for to share with my staff! I've always been a huge fan of WBT, and introduced our principal to it this year (he's a former middle school math teacher). Thank you so much!!!

  6. Cassie, great post! Whole Brain Teaching is a game changer! Keep up the great work, and spread the WBT fire!

    Sarah Meador
    Meador in the Middle
    Executive Board Member, Whole Brain Teachers of America

    1. One more thing...if you, or any of your staff, are interested in learning more about WBT, we are currently offering free one-hour Skype sessions, and will introduce six of the basic WBT techniques. Click on my blog link above to learn more about it. WBT is a movement, not a business, so everything is always free for teachers!! If you can get a group of teachers together, we'll set up a Skype. You can email me through my blog if you have any questions.

    2. Thank you! I'm glad you liked it! WBT is amazing and I hope more and more teachers continue to find it! I'll ask the teachers I know if they want to set up a Skype session. Thanks for the offer!


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